Category 11 Case Directory
  SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT 
 
  Preliminary
Rating: 5  

                                   
     

AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

Pilots Report 100-ft Round Objects
October 15, 1950
Pope AFB, North Carolina

4:20 p.m. local
Duration
aircraft DC-4
United States
Commercial
2 observers
No EMI
No radar contact

Brad Sparks:
Oct. 15, 1950; Pope AFB, North Carolina (BBU 821)
4:20 p.m. Miami Airlines DC-4 pilot and copilot Daniel and Woodward saw 4 round shiny 100 ft objects descended slowly then took off in a line. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Fran Ridge:
Oct. 15, 1950; over North Carolina (BBU 821)
4:20 p.m. Capt. George A. Woodward, and his co-pilot William Bradsley, both of Miami, Florida, saw while flying a Miami Airlines, Inc., DC-4 over North Carolina, four shiny objects which they couldn't identify. They had taken off from Raleigh for Miami at 4:00 p.m. (EST) and 20 minutes later saw four shiny objects that looked like balloons Woodward said. "My co-pilot looked at me and said: 'Do you see what I see?' I told him I did and we headed toward them. They appeared to be about 100 feet in diameter of some shiny substance like aluminum or chrome. They were thicker in the middle and tapered off like two saucers fitted together." They were in line about 25 feet apart and about five miles away. They chased them but they backed away, descended slowly, then they took off in burst of speed. Woodward said he had been flying 12 years and had never seen such objects. He said he wasn't sure what they were but they weren't planes or balloons. (Loren Gross, UFOs A History 1950).

Jan Aldrich:
The Army continued active investigations in 1950.  While both AF and Navy backed.  The Ft Meyers clip was from the Army and Pope AFB was an Army investigation. Ruppelt said in internal PBB documents that 1950 reports are missing from the files.

Detailed reports and documents
docs/NARA-PBB1-38.pdf [sighting listing] (Fran Ridge)
docs/1950_10_15_US_NC_PopeAFB.pdf (Barry Greenwood & Robert Powell)
docs/1950_10_15_US_NC_PopeAFBa.pdf (Barry Greenwood)
docs/1950_10_15_US_NC_PopeAFBb.pdf (Barry Greenwood)


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